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Printed: August 8, 2020 6:22:17 am
The Railway Ministry has determined to revise the recruitment technique of Phone Attendant cum Dak Khalasis (TADKs), additionally known as “bungalow peons”. The choice comes two days after the Railway Board took up the problem of reviewing the over 100-year-old apply of its officers legally maintaining bungalow peons at their residences.
The TADKs are Group D employees who get absorbed in authorities service after three years of working in officers’ houses.
Two weeks in the past, a nine-member committee of Government Administrators unanimously endorsed the retention of the current system, sources stated.
The Federation of Railway Officers’ Affiliation (FROA), after assembly Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday night time, had apprised its officers that the minister purportedly instructed them that the present choice technique of bungalow peons could be recast utterly. “Nonetheless, the selection of number of personnel was questioned and particulars might be labored out for methodology to work out offering bungalow peons,” the FROA stated in its abstract of its assembly with the minister.
The Railway Ministry had sought particulars of TADK appointments prior to now one month. The matter was listed as an agenda merchandise within the Railway Board’s assembly for this week, which needed to be rescheduled. On Thursday, it despatched out letters, asking its zonal railways to not course of contemporary TADK appointments as the problem relating to the appointments was “below evaluate”.
On Friday, officers associations of all zonal railways wrote to the Railway Ministry in protest in opposition to any transfer to finish the system. They stated that it is a necessity for Railways officers who’re used to working 24×7 and be posted in distant places as effectively — not like different central service officers. It was highlighted that the matter was mentioned even by the Seventh Pay Fee and it remained silent on this challenge, leaving it to the Railways.
Over time, there have been totally different allegations in opposition to many officers of mistreating the bungalow peons — salaries being withheld, no holidays being granted, 18-hour days, use of abusive language and even manhandling.
Six years in the past, the Prime Minister’s Workplace had requested the Railways to contemplate ending the British-era apply and had requested officers to take an allowance as a substitute. Following that, the nine-member committee had been fashioned.
“Motion ought to be taken in opposition to officers who mistreat their TADKs. However that doesn’t imply the entire system ought to be abolished for everyone. We will work out methods to revise the recruitment course of,” stated an officer.
Earlier Railways ministers had made adjustments to the system —Mamata Banerjee had lowered the minimal qualification for TADKs from Class X to VIII, whereas Lalu Prasad had prolonged the ability to officers posted within the Railway Board.
The Central Administrative Tribunal, in a latest judgement, had questioned the way in which TADKs had been appointed in Railways.
Within the prevailing controversy, authorities orders of Tamil Nadu authorities are additionally doing the rounds, whereby retired Chief Secretaries and Further Chief Secretaries are given an allowance of Rs 10,000 per thirty days to maintain family assist as post-retirement advantages. An identical system is there for retired senior officers in Karnataka as effectively.
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